Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Nov 2013

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Community Profile

This project is part of IcFEM's WaSH program, which includes multiple water source schemes as well as substantial community level hygiene promotion, and training on project operation and maintenance. 

What follows is a brief project outline direct from our partner: 

Sichangi spring is located in Namakhele village, Bungoma County. The area is mainly populated with small scale farmers most of whom grow maize and keep livestock. 

Just like many areas of Bungoma County, water remains a major headache in the rural areas like Namakhele. The villagers have to walk long distances in search of the precious commodity from natural and permanent sources that are usually susceptible to water-borne diseases.

The community has made an attempt to protect the spring in the past without much success mainly due to lack of resources. The work done on the spring was poor resulting in water flowing from the sides of the protected area. The project will therefore involve doing a complete overhaul of the spring. 

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Springs are water sources that come from deep underground, where the water is filtered through natural layers until it is clean enough to drink. Once the water pushes through the surface of the Earth, however, outside elements like waste and runoff can contaminate the water quickly. We protect spring sources from contamination with a simple waterproof cement structure surrounding layers of clay, stone, and soil. This construction channels the spring’s water through a discharge pipe, making water collection easier, faster, and cleaner. Each spring protection also includes a chlorine dispenser at the waterpoint so community members can be assured that the water they are drinking is entirely safe.